GS-44

SOAPS, CLEANSERS, HAND SANITIZERS AND SHOWER PRODUCTS

WHAT GREEN SEAL CERTIFIES

Green Seal’s GS-44 leadership standard means a soap, cleanser, hand sanitizer or shower product is safer for human health and the environment compared to similar products while providing uncompromising performance. Also included are alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are leave-on products meant for consumer use.  Download the full GS-44 standard.

PERFORMANCE OF GREEN

Our standards ensure the product performs as well as or better than other nationally recognized products of its type for equivalent usages and at equivalent concentrations. All Green Seal certified products must demonstrate an effective level of performance via an objective, scientifically validated method conducted under controlled and reproducible laboratory conditions.standard ensures the product performs for its intended use. 

SCIENCE OF GREEN

Our Green Seal Compass guides every certification. Our science-based standards define sustainability leadership in the marketplace and reward industry innovations. Only the healthiest, most responsible, and most effective products achieve the Green Seal. The Green Seal Compass focuses our standards on key impacts that occur throughout the product life cycle, from raw materials extraction and manufacturing to packaging, use and disposal.

RESTRICTIONS TO PREVENT ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS
Acute Toxicity (Oral) LD50 > 5,000 mg/kg
Acute Toxicity (Inhalation) LC50 > 20 mg/L at 1 hour
Dermal Toxicity (Skin) LC50 > 2,000 mg/kg
Skin and Eye Irritation pH of > 2.0 but less than 11.5; Cannot include GHS Skin Category 1 or 2; GHS Eye Category 1
Skin Sensitization Must not be a skin sensitizer per LLNA or USEPA Guidelines for skin sensitization
Skin Absorption Ingredients carrying skin notations sum to <1% (ACGIH TLV and DFG MAK lists)
Asthmagens Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Chronic Inhalation Toxicity NOAEL > 1 mg/L
Ozone Depleting Compounds Must be free of above 100ppm
Volatile Organic Compounds Restricted to < 1% 
Carcinogens Must be free of above 100ppm
Mutagens Must be free of above 100ppm
Reproductive Toxins Must be free of above 100ppm
Alkylphenol Ethoxylates Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
2-butoxyethanol Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Butylated Hydroxytoluene Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Ethoxylated Chemicals Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Ethylene Diaminetetra-acetic Acid or any of its Salts Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Halogenated Organic Solvents Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Monoethanolamine,  Diethanolamine,  Triethanolamine Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Nitro-musks Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Parabens Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Polycyclic Musks Must be free of at any level when intentionally added
Phthalates Must be free of at any level when intentionally added and not be intentionally introduced to primary packaging
Selenium Must be free of at the component level
Hexavalent Chromium Must be free of at any level when intentionally added and not be intentionally introduced to primary packaging
Lead Must be free of at any level when intentionally added and not be intentionally introduced to primary packaging
Mercury Must be free of at any level when intentionally added and not be intentionally introduced to primary packaging
Cadmium Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Bisphenol A Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Chlorinated Materials Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Preservatives Not allowed outside intended use of preservation of product

REQUIREMENTS TO PREVENT PACKAGING WASTE
Primary Packaging Must be either source-reduced or recyclable and contain at least 25% post-consumer material or the maximum available post-consumer material
Use Labelling Must have detailed instructions for proper use to minimize waste
Recycling Labelling Plastic packages must be marked with the appropriate Resin Identification Code and have clear recycling instructions for disposal

RESTRICTIONS TO PREVENT ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS
Acute Toxicity to Aquatic Life LC50 > 100 mg/L for algae, daphnia, or fish
Aquatic Biodegradability Each organic ingredient must readily biodegrade (OEDC)
Bioaccumulating Compounds Must be free of above 100ppm
Eutrophication < 0.2% by weight of total phosphorus
Optical Brighteners Must be free of above 100ppm

CRITERIA THAT HELP PRESERVE THE CLIMATE

Many of the standards for human health, minimizing waste, and ensuring clean water also help preserve the climate:

  • Content limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Prohibition on halogenated organic solvents
  • Prohibition on ozone-depleting compounds
  • Limits on phosphorus
  • Reduced/recycled packaging

A GREEN YOU CAN TRUST

All Green Seal-certified products must meet industry best practices for Quality and Safety.

Combustibility

Fragrances

Animal Testing

Proper Use Training

Labelling

Safety Data Sheets

Our standards are referenced by the leading green building certification programs.

 

Latest Version: Edition 4.2, September 10, 2020

Recent Changes: GS-44 underwent corrections and/or clarifications and was re-published on July 30, 2021. For details on the non-substantive changes made to this standard, please see the Standard Documents Library.  

Recent Revision: Green Seal added standard criteria for alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Visit Edition 4.2 in our Library to see a complete record of the standard criteria development process. 

Download the Full Standard PDF